Ray is a well-respected educator and writer of wine and also a dear friend to Small Vines. We had the opportunity to host his class of oenophiles in the vineyard last year, but this year Ray took the wine to one of his classes on Pinot and it was a hit! “The class loved it.”
You can find Ray’s writeup on his blog at:
http://rjwine.com/blog/2010/08/04/small-vines-russian-river-pinot-noir-2008/ or read below.
Small Vines, Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir 2008 This wine is a star. In the nose the fruit has a liqueur-like character, showing off its ripeness. In the mouth there is again that straddling of the Old and New Worlds that Small Vines pulls off vintage after vintage. The structure is there yet the fruit is opulent. The acidity is again a hallmark, taking the flavors in your mouth for a long and pleasurable ride.
This writeup is epitomizes what we strive for at Small Vines. We couldn’t be happier with what we’ve achieved with the ’08 Russian River Pinot and its good to hear our love of it echoing through the industry.